PLANNING SYSTEM

geospatial agreement, location data,

New 10-year geospatial agreement to bolster UK location data

The UK government has announced a 10-year ‘Public Sector Geospatial Agreement’, delivered by Ordnance Survey, to increase location data available to the public sector.
High streets, planning, coronavirus impact

Planning professionals call for high street expertise

The Royal Town Planning Institute is calling for planners with specialist knowledge of the high street and its changing needs to apply to become High Streets Task Force (HSTF) experts.

Planning reform: 10 takeaways from Planning for the Future

10 things you need to know about the government’s latest plans for planning from Nigel Hewitson and Ben Stansfield of Gowling WLG.
urban village,

Green light for £130m urban village in Exeter

Eutopia Homes has secured planning permission for a new £130m sustainable ‘urban village’ on a 15-acre brownfield site previously owned by Network Rail.
digital projects,

Six councils get slice of £1.2m for innovative digital projects

Six councils across the UK will receive a share of £1.2m to drive innovative digital projects to improve public services, the government has announced.
planning system,

Good design and placemaking at the heart of planning reforms

The government has revealed plans to put good design and place-making at the heart of a reformed planning system.
science and engineering building, MMU,

Green light for new science and engineering building at MMU

A new state-of-the-art science and engineering building at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) has been given the green light.
Affordable homes,

Southern Grove to build affordable homes on halted eco-scheme

A site that was supposed to host the world’s most sustainable residential tower has been taken over by developer Southern Grove who will develop 170 affordable homes.
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The value of an apprenticeship in the planning sector

Anna Relph, associate director at Turley, discusses the recent introduction of the Chartered Town Planner Degree Apprenticeship and how it could help provide a solution to the planning sector’s skills gap challenge.
Storybox,

1.5 acre underground bunker gets the go-ahead

Planning has been approved for the 58,000 sq ft underground bunker, Storybox, which will see the creation of workspace for industries in the heart of Nine Elms, Vauxhall.
planning permission, cricket club,

Planning errors force village cricket club to move

Shropshire Council failed to put measures in place to prevent balls hitting a new house when it approved planning permission, forcing a village cricket club to find a new venue.
Heathrow, climate change,

Future infrastructure decisions could ‘face same scrutiny as Heathrow’

Yesterday (27 February), the Court of Appeal ruled that the expansion of Heathrow Airport had failed to take climate obligations into account and was, therefore ‘unlawful’ - as the industry responds.
housing sites, planning application,

Research shows 8 year planning lag on large housing sites

Housing sites of 2,000 or more properties take an average of eight years to deliver their first home from the initial planning application, according to research by Lichfields.
construction,

Why we cannot overlook the challenges facing the construction industry

The government needs to form active partnerships with leading companies within the private sector to ensure the UK can meet its infrastructure goals, says Jerald Solis, CEO of Experience Invest.

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